My Name Is Snickerdoodle


How To Make Turkey (Or Chicken) Gravy

All growing up I remember spending most Thanksgivings with extended family.  Being an only child, I'm sure my mom made sure I had lots of cousins around to spend holidays with.
The food, like most families, was the center of all our get togethers.  My mom, aunts and grandma would be busy all day in the kitchen cooking up yummy side dishes, salads and of course turkey.  The one thing I remember most is every one of them had a spoon in the gravy.  It would be bubbling away on the stove top and smelled amazing!
Here's a recipe to take the mystery out of making homemade gravy!  Perfect for the holidays and looks so good!  |  My Name Is Snickerdoodle
It wasn't until I was a teenager that I was taught the gravy ways and I'm about to take all the mystery out of it for you.  This is particularly helpful for those of you who cook your holiday bird (this works for chicken too) in a bag.


Holiday Pie Kit

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I will be the first to admit that my favorite part of any holiday meal is the leftovers!  Sounds a little backwards, but it's just fun to recreate something new of the meal from the night before. 

I am sure that pie is at the top of the list when making your festive menu.  Most people are surprised to discover that I cannot make a pie from scratch.  It's something that I really struggle with, but I have no problems picking up some of the best Marie Callender's Dessert Pies for my dessert buffet!  They are super delicious and a cinch to bake.   And of course they have to be topped with Reddi-Wip!
This year's favorites have been the Lattice Apple Pie and Cherry Crunch Pie.  
With having multiple desserts to choose from they are always left overs.  No one boo hoos leftover desserts!   How fun would it be to share those leftover desserts with your neighbors and friends?!  You can't necessarily share a half eaten pie though!
I've come up with the most adorable Pie Kit so that you can Share The Joy Of Pie with those loved ones using pie-cycled pie!  I thought of no better way to make the Cherry Crunch Pie better than to add some chocolate to it.  It almost tastes like a cherry cordial candy!  And what goes better with apple pie than a yummy caramel sauce!  See how I did it all below.  


Ruffled Fabric Rag Wreath

I posted a picture to my Instagram feed sharing my minimalist Thanksgiving decor this year.  I do have a few other pumpkins and some faux fall leaves a here and there in other parts of the house, but I did not go over the top this year.  (Shhh...I'm saving it all for Christmas!)
I got a few questions about my wreath so I thought I would post a few up close pictures of it and how I made it.  Yes, I made it.


Scalloped Potatoes

It seems like I'm always at the grocery store.  Today I picked up the rest of the ingredients I need for our Thanksgiving meal.  Or what I thought was the rest of it.  The moment I got home I realized I forgot 4 things that I have to have.  That's how it always goes.  Even if I make a detailed list, I either get distracted with the kids or I think I've already got it in the pantry when, in fact, I don't.
One thing I usually always try to have on hand is potatoes.  Their inexpensive, my boys love them and are so versatile.  I once heard that the best thing to feed a growing teenage boy is boiled potatoes because they are really filling.  I've mentally pinned that for when my boys are older! 
The perfect Scalloped Potato recipe!  A must have on the menu for my holiday meals!  |  My Name Is Snickerdoodle


Skinny Mini Apple Pies

I'm not one to shy away from indulging during the holiday season.  With all of the parties and family dinners, it's hard to resist all of that yummy food and desserts!  I'm also one who has a hard time making a decision of what I want to eat so I usually just take a little of everything!
Skinny Mini Apple Pie recipe!  Perfect for indulging without all the guilt!  |  My Name Is Snickerdoodle


Mini Pumpkin Cheeseballs

Have you ever had a Friendsgiving?  It's were you celebrate Thanksgiving with friends because you don't really have family near by.  This year we are gathering with a few friends who will be in town and I'm excited.  I really do wish we could spend it with family (especially my side), but maybe next year we can make it work!
These Mini Pumpkin Cheeseballs are too adorable!  How fun to make them for my holiday parties.  |  My Name Is Snickerdoodle
All the food assignments are made and we've even got a few appetizers on the menu.  I especially love mini cheese balls that I plan on making.  Everyone loves a festive cheese ball, but there is something unappetizing about the large ones to me.  Once it's been dipped into by a few people it just looks sad and pathetic regardless if it tastes wonderful! 


Apple Cake With A Caramel Glaze

Years ago I shared how I got a hold of this recipe here.  It's been a family favorite ever since!
I've tweaked it a bit since then and decided that it's best if you double the caramel recipe.  Sounds awesome, right?  Well, you make it and leave me a comment below and tell me what you think! 
Hello cake!!  This Apple Cake with a Caramel Glaze looks completely delicious!  And the recipe couldn't be easier!  |  My Name Is Snickerdoodle
As you can see from my updated pics, this cake is as delicious as it looks!  Plus your home will smell amazing when it's baking in the oven.


Orange Honey Butter

Do you remember how I shared my love of homemade bread here?  The only thing that trumps it is homemade bread WITH Orange Honey Butter!  Warm bread slathered in this butter is life changing.  Dramatic?  Of course, but it's true.